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You are here: Home >> Articles >> Some of the ways teens have been abused

September, 2004

In her book In Love and in Danger: A Teen's Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships, Barrie Levy writes:

When asked, "What are some of the ways you have been EMOTIONALLY ABUSED?" teens answered:

yelled at

money stolen

constantly blamed for partner's own faults

verbally harassed

called names

constantly accused of flirting or having sex with others

repeatedly interrogated

publicly humiliated

treasured possessions broken

labeled "stupid" or "crazy"

When asked, "What are some of the ways you have been PHYSICALLY ABUSED?" teens answered:

scratched

choked

hair pulled

cut with knife

kicked in stomach when pregnant

held arm so tight it bruised

hit head against wall

slapped

punched in face, arm

twisted

hit with object

beat up

fingers bent

dumped out of car

burned

When asked, "What are some of the ways you have been SEXUALLY ABUSED?" teens answered:

called sexual names

wanted sex after hitting

made me walk home nude

always wanted sex, mad when I didn't want to

forced sex

forced me to do "disgusting" sex acts

bit, pinched breast

acted indifferent

threatened to get a new woman

raped

slapped, pinched to get his way

forced me to have sex without protection

Excerpted from In Love and in Danger: A Teen's Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships (c) 1998 by Barrie Levy.  All rights reserved.

See also:
Are you a victim of dating violence?
Are you an abuser?
Myths about women and dating
Four Building Blocks In Understanding Teen Dating Violence
The Mathematics of Battering
Qualities of a healthy relationship
 

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